Hi there! I am a health writer, health advocate and all-around health nerd. Six years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic pain condition. On my health journey, I’ve learned the power of self-care skills to improve my health and well-being. As a blogger I am excited to educate and inspire others to be skillfully well, despite the challenges of living with a chronic illness!
Before my diagnosis of fibromyalgia and endometriosis, I was a graduate student planning a career in public health and international development. I love to travel and I spent a lot of time working, studying and volunteering abroad. I was hoping to have a career that would take me around the world. Over the course of two years, these dreams were cut short because of my chronic conditions. The symptoms came on gradually, starting with back pain, infections, shoulder pain, insomnia – and finally a referral to a pain clinic where I was told I had a chronic, incurable illness. I left school and spent the next year in a state of shock.
Gradually I started learning self-care skills that improved my health and well-being. First I took a meditation course (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course at my pain clinic. I began to move more using gentle exercise routines. I started learning about the best diet for fibromyalgia. I moved from the passive role of patient to the empowered role of patient advocate. You can learn more about my health journey here.
I learned that living skillfully improved my wellness in all dimensions (mind, body and spirit). It also increased my agency in my life again – my capacity to achieve change. I had to change the narrative of my life from the career-focused humanitarian to a self-care advocate in my own life and the lives of others.
I live with my husband and our two-year-old cat Sara. I love learning, nutrition, reading, meditation, being outside, Netflix, cooking, cats and coffee!